Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced today that he is endorsing Timothy Schofield in his campaign to fill former state Senator Steven Tolman's empty post representing Watertown, Belmont, and parts of Allston/Brighton, Cambridge, Fenway and Back Bay.
"I’m supporting Tim Schofield for State Senate because he will put people ahead of politics," Menino said in a prepared statement.
Tolman left the Senate last month to run the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. The primary election for Schofield and three other Democratic candidates will take place Dec. 13. The general election is Jan. 10.
Menino said that Schofield has always demonstrated a daily dedication to helping those in need.
"From fighting for a neighborhood’s interests against institutional expansion to protecting individual civil rights, I have been honored to know and to work with Tim on many issues that impact the residents of Boston," Menino said.
This endorsement adds to Schofield's list of supporters, including state Representatives Mike Moran and Kevin Honan, former Senate candidate Sheila Lawn, and Boston City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, John Connolly, Mark Ciommo, Mike Ross, and Matt O’Malley.
"I have always admired the way that Mayor Menino puts people first, and that's what I will do as state Senator," Schofield said in the statement. "The people in our district want a bold progressive leader who will be a strong voice for our working families, and I'm proud to earn the support of those who show that same leadership."
Organizations supporting Schofield include the political arm of the National Association of Social Workers' Massachusetts chapter, Carpenters Local 40, Bay State Stonewall Democrats, and the Ward 22 Democratic Committee.
The other three candidates have also garnered support of local organizations, politicians, and advocacy groups. State Representative William Brownsberger has the support of Belmont local officials; state Representative Jonathan Hecht has the backing of the entire Watertown Town Council; and retired firefighter Robert McCarthy has the endorsements of Tolman, who resigned to lead the state's AFL-CIO, and former U.S. Congressman Joseph Kennedy II.
Schofield, a graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of
New Hampshire, is the youngest of eight children and was the first in his family to attend college. He currently runs a small business that employs five people.
Schofield served as an issues adviser to former state Senator Warren Tolman, chair of the Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee, and as a legislative aide to former Congressman Richard Swett (D-NH).
He currently serves on the Boards of the Presentation School Foundation and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, and previously served on the Board of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association.
The four candidates will have two more candidates nights to discuss and debate important state issues - one in Belmont tonight, and the other in Brighton on Thursday.
Recently, the candidates went head-to-head last week on casinos, job development, and healthcare reform at a forum in Watertown.
The four canidates also discussed education and infrastructure investments in an article published in last Sunday's Boston Globe West edition.
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